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Setting the administration theme

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Video: Setting the administration theme

Earlier, we learned that Drupal can have more than one theme enabled. A great use of this feature is when a site would like to have one theme for visitors, and one theme for its site administrators. In this video, I will show how to select an administration theme that only site admins will get to see, while everyone else will continue to see the default site theme. So to set the Drupal administration theme, we're going to be visiting a new screen that we have not seen yet in this course, and that's the Administration Theme page.

Setting the administration theme

Earlier, we learned that Drupal can have more than one theme enabled. A great use of this feature is when a site would like to have one theme for visitors, and one theme for its site administrators. In this video, I will show how to select an administration theme that only site admins will get to see, while everyone else will continue to see the default site theme. So to set the Drupal administration theme, we're going to be visiting a new screen that we have not seen yet in this course, and that's the Administration Theme page.

So starting from the Administer screen, we're going to click on Administration theme, which is its own link, and when we come to this page, we see two elements that we can set. The first is our choice of which theme will be the administration theme. So for this demo, let's choose Garland, and the option to view the Administration theme while editing content. I want to use this option as well. So check the box and click Save configuration. Now, nothing has changed for us yet, because Garland is actually also our site default name.

So now that we're changed the Administration theme, we can safely go choose another theme that everyone else will be able to view. To do that, we must go back to the Administer screen, so click Administer, then click Themes and now it will let you choose a new default site theme. So we're going to leave Garland enabled. So we're going to choose a theme that is different from Garland and one of the best choices for this demo will be Marvin. So we select Marvin to be enabled and to be the default theme.

Remember, leave Garland checked as enabled, go down and click Save configuration. And as we see, nothing has changed, but Drupal has set a message for us saying that the Administration theme is set to Garland. So this page remains unchanged. We will need to visit the homepage to see the Marvin theme being used for our front end. Now, if we go back, and just to prove it, I refresh my Administration screen, we're still in Garland. I go back.

Refresh the homepage. It's Marvin. So, let's click around and we see that Marvin is coming up for everything. But if we were to click the Administer link, we're back in Garland. So going back to the content, I want to show you now, when you edit a node, so I'm logged in and I get to see the tabs View and Edit. When I Edit this node, I'm now taken back to Garland, because I chose the option to use the Administration theme while editing content. So I'm not going to edit anything here. I am going to go back, click View and we see Marvin and this will be the last time we probably will get to use Marvin because everything we do from now on will be custom.

So let's close this screen and now let's set our Garland theme back to be the default theme and let's disable Marvin, because we won't need it any more. So go down, click Save configuration. A very important note about Administration themes. Before you install any new theme, you should definitely set the Administration theme first to a Drupal core theme, like Garland. The reason being, if you install a new theme without setting an Admin theme, you could potentially lock yourself out by accident.

This happens when the new theme does not have a particular feature or region expected by Drupal. By setting the Administration theme first, you avoid that scenario of getting locked out of your own website. Administration themes are not limited to the themes that come in Drupal core, and while any theme can be an Admin theme, I do recommend, strongly, that leaving Garland as the Administration theme is your best bet, since it's the most reliable theme for Administration screens.

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Drupal 6: Creating and Editing Custom Themes

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  1. 8m 19s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
    2. Using the exercise files
      7m 16s
  2. 5m 17s
    1. Learning about Drupal themes
      2m 0s
    2. Building sites today with Drupal
      1m 7s
    3. Required knowledge and software
      2m 10s
  3. 22m 38s
    1. Installing Drupal 6 using Acquia
      4m 4s
    2. Configuring the appropriate modules for a Drupal site
      1m 59s
    3. Creating pages with standard node content types
      4m 48s
    4. Creating custom node content types
      6m 19s
    5. Adding RSS secondary content
      3m 11s
    6. Finalizing site navigation
      2m 17s
  4. 22m 0s
    1. Installing the Theme Developer module (aka Devel)
      6m 27s
    2. Ensuring cross-browser compatibility with conditional style sheets
      5m 16s
    3. Using Firefox extensions for site development
      6m 57s
    4. Working with Dreamweaver
      3m 20s
  5. 35m 13s
    1. Choosing a default theme
      2m 5s
    2. Touring the core themes
      5m 25s
    3. Configuring global theme features and post settings
      4m 46s
    4. Adding a logo and shortcut icon (favicon)
      4m 7s
    5. Setting the administration theme
      4m 0s
    6. Installing a new theme
      3m 47s
    7. Positioning blocks in theme regions
      5m 56s
    8. Setting user theme permissions
      5m 7s
  6. 40m 36s
    1. Using the Color module to change color schemes
      5m 0s
    2. Preparing to build a sub-theme
      7m 13s
    3. Building a sub-theme: Creating the .info file
      8m 51s
    4. Building a sub-theme: Adding custom styles (CSS)
      7m 25s
    5. Building a sub-theme: Adding custom theme regions
      12m 7s
  7. 35m 0s
    1. Exploring a theme folder
      3m 19s
    2. Setting up a theme .info file
      4m 7s
    3. Adding styles (CSS) to a theme
      7m 9s
    4. Including a style sheet for right to left readers
      1m 43s
    5. Creating a print style sheet
      3m 30s
    6. Adding JavaScript to a theme
      5m 49s
    7. Adding graphics and images to a theme
      3m 7s
    8. Understanding theme templates (tpl.php)
      3m 19s
    9. Understanding template variables
      2m 57s
  8. 30m 33s
    1. Understanding page templates
      8m 2s
    2. Creating a template to theme every page (page.tpl.php)
      6m 54s
    3. Creating a template to theme just the front page (page-front.tpl.php)
      4m 33s
    4. Creating a template to theme individual pages (page-node-nid.tpl.php)
      3m 43s
    5. Creating a template for "site offline" maintenance pages
      7m 21s
  9. 13m 20s
    1. Understanding node templates
      4m 24s
    2. Creating a template to theme every node (node.tpl.php)
      2m 16s
    3. Creating a template to theme custom node types (node-type.tpl.php)
      5m 10s
    4. Discovering node templates using the theme developer module
      1m 30s
  10. 21m 32s
    1. Understanding block templates
      3m 32s
    2. Creating a template to theme every block (block.tpl.php)
      2m 37s
    3. Creating a template to theme an individual block (block-module-delta.tpl.php)
      8m 26s
    4. Creating a template to theme all blocks from a single module (block-module.tpl.php)
      3m 41s
    5. Creating a template to theme all blocks in a certain region (block-region.tpl.php)
      3m 16s
  11. 7m 33s
    1. Exploring the comments template (comment.tpl.php)
      5m 20s
    2. Exploring other core modules and their templates (other tpl.php files)
      2m 13s
  12. 10m 5s
    1. Removing unnecessary modules
      1m 43s
    2. Optimizing site performance
      2m 17s
    3. Streamlining site files for launch
      1m 26s
    4. Troubleshooting when a white screen appears instead of Drupal
      3m 15s
    5. Touring Drupal community groups
      1m 24s
  13. 11s
    1. Goodbye
      11s

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